Kathryn is based in the Urban Youth Development office and works at UROC in North Minneapolis. She works to build the capacity of caring adults working with young people and creating programs that foster social and emotional learning so all young people can thrive. She serves on the regional and statewide youth worker training team and on the regional volunteer systems team. She is committed to expanding the diversity of the Extension Center for Youth Development programs through efforts such as the statewide diversity inclusion cohort and the cultural exchange program she piloted.
She led the development of many civic engagement and youth leadership clubs and experiences focused on engaging traditionally under-served communities, especially immigrant communities. Her graduate research in human geography focused on immigration and social movements. Through 4-H, Kathryn seeks to provide opportunities for youth to discover their own passions and to enlarge their sense of what is possible in life.
Academic degrees and experience
Sharpe, K., Madrigal, A., Stevenson, A. & Strand, J. (2017). 1st Generation Cohort Learning Guide: Informing our work with new audiences. St. Paul: Regents of University of Minnesota.
Sharpe, K., Russo, J., & Madrigal, A. Central Region 1st Generation Cohort Impact Report (2017). St. Paul: Regents of University of Minnesota.
Sharpe, K. Fond du Lac/Metro 4-H Cultural Exchange 3 Year Longitudinal Impact Report (2017). St. Paul: Regents of University of Minnesota.
Sharpe, K. & Strand, J. (2016). Cultural Exchange Planning Guide. St. Paul: Regents of University of Minnesota.
Sharpe, K., Brown, M., Cotton, J. & Del Bianco, V. (2014). Urban Youth Development through Civic Engagement: Program Best Practices.
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), Minneapolis
Reviewed in 2019